Claudio Monteverdi: Orfeo

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 27, 1986 - Biography & Autobiography - 216 pages
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A detailed study of the earliest opera to have gained a foothold in the modern repertoire, the book begins with a historical section in which all the known evidence about the creation and early performances of Orfeo is drawn together and evaluated. The second section of the book includes a detailed history of the rediscovery of the opera; an influential essay by Joseph Kerman is reprinted here, together with a review by Romain Rolland of the first modern performance of Orfeo. The final section includes essays by a conductor and a producer who have staged notable performances of the opera in recent years. They explain their approaches to the work, and offer solutions to some of the problems it poses in performance.
 

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Contents

TEXT AND CONTEXT
1
The Orpheus myth and the libretto of Orfeo
20
Orfeo Act V Alessandro Striggios original ending
35
Five acts one action
42
THE REDISCOVERY OF ORFEO
78
Free adaptations of Orfeo
83
Scholarly versions and authentic performances
98
A review of Vincent dIndys performance Paris 1904
119
Telling the story
156
Correspondence relating to the early Mantuan performances
167
Modern editions and performances
173
A list of Monteverdis instrumental specifications
182
Notes
185
Bibliography
198
Discography
203
Index
205

the neoclassic vision
126
RECREATING ORFEO FOR THE MODERN STAGE
138

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About the author (1986)

John Whenham is Professor of Music History and Head of the Department of Music, University of Birmingham.

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